New storefronts have been installed and tenants are expected to open up shop on November 1. The Civil War–era structures were once home to the Wayside Christian Mission but are being redeveloped by a group of investors including Gill Holland of the Green Building one block west.
Bluegrass Green, currently located on Baxter Avenue, plans to locate into one of the new storefronts, nearly doubling their showroom space. The company was drawn to the East Market Street corridor by its increasingly “green” nature with several sustainability-oriented businesses nearby and by the prospects of the area becoming one of the nation’s first LEED-ND certified neighborhoods. Bluegrass Green plans to use its extra space to offer an increased array of green home products in stock.
Next door, Tim Peters, another partner in the redevelopment project, plans to relocate his construction company offices. He says it’s a perfect fit to have “a green building supplier right next to a green builder.” The offices will be located at 808 East Market in the taller structure already renovated and are expected to open November 1st as well. Peters Construction Company will use both floors of the building.
Negotiations are underway with a third tenant, but details can’t be released at this point. Renovation work has also begun on the next building on the campus. Peters explains that eventually a new structure could also fill an empty space between the historic buildings. The new structure is still in the planning phases.
- East Market Renovations Making Progress (Broken Sidewalk)